I woke early on a Saturday morning in February, head pounding and stomach churning. The dreaded “UK Flu” had been making an appearance every few days and it seemed today it the day. Sleepily, I glance at my pile of “stuff” in the corner of my temporary bedroom and am … Read more
The man stands at the feet of a statue of Jesus just inside Jaro Cathedral, praying silently while weeping softly. I wonder who or what he weeps for and which of the rainbow colored candles he lit as he said a prayer. I feel guilty watching, observing this private moment, … Read more
On the small Philippine island of Boracay, a security guard watches over a popular tourist hotel. He’s dressed in a gray uniform and stands at attention along the sand boardwalk running in front of the hotel. His eyes dart back and forth, always alert for suspicious people and aware … Read more
“The Shadow of Your Smile”, performed by an amazing group of Filipino musicians, sets the tone for my first visit to The Ruins of Negros. The song lyrics and images stuck in my head for days. Sometimes referred to as “The Taj Mahal of Negros”, the Ruins … Read more
The Philippines, being an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, has a whole lot to offer for tourists. For first-time explorers, however, that bounty of potential Philippine destinations can make it hard to pick where to go.
Fortunately, there are tried and tested spots and attractions which never disappoint and … Read more